Swiss ban some Mercedes, Porsche models over emissions

Views - 14 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

ZURICH (Reuters): Swiss authorities have halted registrations of some new Mercedes-Benz Vito and Porsche Macan and Cayenne vehicles which had diesel engines that disguised emissions levels, the Astra roads agency said last week. The move will affect

VW CEO told about emissions software months before scandal: Der Spiegel

Views - 9 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

FRANKFURT (Reuters): Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess was told about the existence of cheating software in cars two months before regulators blew the whistle on a multi-billion exhaust emissions scandal, German magazine Der Spiegel said. Der

Texas jury finds Toyota negligent in accident, awards $242 m to family

Views - 11 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

Reuters: A Texas jury awarded damages of $242 million to a Dallas family after finding that defects in the family’s Lexus sedan caused injuries to their two children during a rear-end collision, the law firm representing the plaintiffs said on Frid

Beijing’s Mobike: Solving the last mile issue and enabling people to live better

Views - 24 Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00

Enabling people to live better is the ethos that drives Mobike, which pushes sustainable growth with innovation and technology. The company aims to solve the last mile issue faced by commuters who are a little too far from their destinations to walk

KIA opens car care centre at Kirula Road, Colombo 5

Views - 49 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

Kia Motors (Lanka) has significantly enhanced its service and after-sales presence in Colombo with the opening of a company-operated facility at Kirula Road, Colombo 5, adding to its existing car care centres in Sri Lanka.

Economical and eco-friendly solution for city travellers from Vindy Trading

Views - 25 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

As fuel prices continuously rise, many around the world have switched to electric motorcycles and as their popularity spreads, Vindy Trading Ltd. under the trade name of ALFA Electric Bikes too has introduced a series of electric motorcycles to the S

Another successful Members’ Weekend for Classic Car Club of Ceylon

Views - 20 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

Members of the Classic Car Club of Ceylon were treated to a memorable Classic Challenge Pannala member’s drive-and-stay weekend last month.

HNB signs MoU with Micro Cars to offer customers exclusive leasing packages

Views - 39 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s premier financial solutions provider HNB PLC, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Micro Cars Ltd. to offer exclusive leasing packages with lowest interest rates for customers who intend to buy Micro Panda, BAIC Vehicles, Ssa

Eurocars rolls out new Porsche 911 Carrera T

Views - 35 Monday, 20 August 2018 00:00

Eurocars Ltd. has been at the forefront of introducing new and exciting Porsche models to Sri Lanka. The latest special edition 911 Carrera T was launched at The Bayleaf on 14 August in the presence of Sri Lanka’s very own Porsche Club members and

Tenaga Park Smart selects FriMi as parking meter payment partner

Views - 28 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

Tenaga Car Parks Ltd has selected and added on FriMi, Sri Lanka’s first Digital Bank, to their portfolio of mobile app parking payment partners for their Park Smart meters. Motorists can pay for their parking using FriMi, an industry leader in dig

DIMO introduces Tata Yodha BS4

Views - 25 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) the sole distributor for Tata vehicles in Sri Lanka introduced Tata Yodha BS4 to local market recently. All new Tata Yodha is the first Indian BS4 (equivalent to Euro 4 standards) single cab to hit Sri Lankan roa

Toyota Lanka sponsors workshop for WNL drivers

Views - 22 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

The annual awareness lecture for Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. (WNL) drivers was held at the company auditorium on Sunday. The lecture sponsored by Toyota Lanka, was conducted by veteran engineer W.A. Weeratunga. Toyota Lanka’s Udara Indumal, Rajeewa Kaha

Lanka Ashok Leyland posts Rs. 3.2 b revenue in 1Q

Views - 15 Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:00

Lanka Ashok Leyland has recorded turnover of LKR 3.2bn in the first quarter of 2018, against LKR 3.3bn for the first quarter of 2017. It said vehicle sales saw a marginal decline year on year to LKR 3.0bn whilst revenue from other sources rose 44% t

FriMi partners PickMe to offer passengers convenient payment gateway

Views - 29 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s first ever digital bank, FriMi by Nations Trust Bank, recently partnered PickMe, adding yet another consumer service to their growing list of merchants. FriMi users can now use PickMe by simply adding their credentials as a dedicated p

German start-up trials solar car that can charge as you drive

Views - 20 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): A Munich-based start-up has taken advantage of the strong Bavarian sun this summer to test the final development of the charging system of its Sion car, an all-electric solar vehicle that lets you charge as you drive. Germany will l

HNB Grameen Finance and Micro Cars MoU offers leasing packages for Micro Panda, BAIC, MG SUV

Views - 42 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

HNB Grameen Finance Ltd., Sri Lanka’s premier leasing solutions provider, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Micro Cars Ltd. to offer exclusive leasing packages with lowest interest rates for customers who intend to buy Micro Panda, BA

Jaguar Art of Performance Tour in Sri Lanka with SML Frontier Automotive

Views - 26 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

Experience new sensations and emotions in the new E‑PACE and the blisteringly-quick F‑TYPE as you explore the limits of what you and the finest Jaguar vehicles can do at the Jaguar Art of Performance Global Tour, organised by SML Frontier Automot

Vehicle Importers Association of Lanka appoints new office bearers

Views - 83 Thursday, 9 August 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s largest importer guild, the Vehicle Importers Association of Lanka (VIAL) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently (28) at Hotel Shangri-La Colombo. At the AGM a new panel of office bearers was appointed for the next two years, wi

Litro Fuels commissions two fuel stations along Southern Expressway

Views - 27 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Introducing a state-of-the-art fuel dispensing system to busy motorists using the Southern Expressway, Litro Fuels, a brand of Litro

Sri Lanka calls automotive sector to gear for UN’s green SDG

Views - 39 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

In an effort to promote green processes in its automotive sector, Sri Lanka has asked the sector to switch gears to the UN Sustainable

World premiere in Shanghai: Porsche presents new Macan

Views - 19 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Porsche has unveiled the new Macan in Shanghai. The compact SUV has been a great success since its launch in 2014,

Ideal Group’s premium multi-brand workshop ‘Ideal First Choice’ opens in Yakkala

Views - 122 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Presenting new dimensions to the vehicle industry, the Ideal Group, recognised as innovators in the Sri Lanka automotive market

Classic Car Club of Ceylon holds 27th AGM

Views - 29 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

The Annual General Meeting of the Classic Car Club of Ceylon was held on 21 June at Victorian Banquet H all of The Kingsbury, Colombo. Ramani Ponnambalam was re-elected as the President for the third consecutive year. Clive De Silva Snr. and Shalike

World-renowned Caterpillar presents UTE with Customer Excellence Award

Views - 62 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

The nation’s sole authorised Caterpillar dealer, United Tractor & Equipment Ltd. (UTE) received the honour of being awarded Caterpillar’s Customer Excellence Champion for 2017 for the ACAM Region (Asia Pacific African and the Middle East) in the

Maruti Suzuki to recall 1,279 cars for possible airbag defect

Views - 18 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

(Reuters) - Maruti Suzuki India Ltd said on Wednesday it would recall 1,279 vehicles for a possible fault in the airbag controller unit. The vehicles to be recalled include 566 new Swift and 713 Dzire models manufactured between May 7 and July 7, 201

Galle Face Hotel hosts Beetle car rally in celebration of World VW Day 2018

Views - 31 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

The Galle Face Hotel recently hosted World Volkswagen Day 2018 in collaboration with the Volkswagen Beetle Owners’ Club. A vibrant parade of Volkswagen Beetle cars kick started the grand event from the iconic hotel, where Group Sales and Marketin

Jaguar E-pace and Range Rover velar help drive June sales growth

Views - 17 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

Jaguar Land Rover gas reported a total retail sales of 52,049 vehicles in June 2018, up 0.9% year on year, primarily reflecting the introduction of the Range Rover Velar and the Jaguar E-PACE. Retail sales for June were up year-on-year in the overse

Audi win Formula E teams’ title

Views - 13 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters): New champion Jean-Eric Vergne won the final race of the all-electric Formula E season in New York on Sunday but Audi took the team title. The ex-Formula One driver, who races for the Chinese-owned Techeetah team, had clinched the

AAC holds 113th Annual General Meeting

Views - 23 Tuesday, 17 July 2018 00:00

The 113th Annual General Meeting of the Automobile Association of Ceylon was held on 29 June at 6.00 p.m. at the auditorium of the AAC headquarters. The association’s President Dhammika Attygalle chaired the meeting which was well attended by sev

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